Great Melton 240-3 beat Hethersett & Tas Valley 238-5 by 7 wickets at Melton Park in the Mid-Norfolk Sunday League
Ben Mann rightly claimed the plaudits in a blistering attack on all Hethersett’s bowlers in recording his second Melton century, and eclipse brother Sam’s club leading score for the season.
With the sun high in the sky, temperatures were rising all round. Leo’s gauge hit boiling point as the third simple catch slipped though loose hands before finally cleaning out Tom Osborn (28). Damien Fahy (107) had been the recipient of two of the drops, and survived an LBW shout before piling into various bowlers and provide the back bone to the visitors’ innings.
Sam Morton (30*) retired whilst over heating under his helmet, whilst Jordon Buxton (30) became Lohit Kannan’s first Sunday League victim. Aslam and Lohit both returned sharply to Matt Calrke to engineer run outs. Ryan Hayward somehow managed to turn a fumble into a third to stifle the Tas surge towards a competitive score.
With the Mercury pushing 30, Melton’s riposte got off to a comparatively sedate start, as Lee Whiddett and Ban Mann stayed a-pace in pushing the score to 40 odd off 7. Sir Edward came across to watch and was suitably impressed. Aslam’s car tried to get closer to the action, but having negotiated the empty bottles, found the clubhouse blocking the way.
Thereafter Ben decided it was too hot to run singles, and possibly saw the colour of Leeroy’s face, as he raced to 80 with his partner nibbling along in his 20’s.
Ben’s ton was reached with a 6 to the bowls green fence. Sam arrived to hugs after a week away, and watched in awe from the Mann Stand as Ben reached his first 150 with a maximum to the old nets, which almost went higher than it did in distance.
Tim Hales (26*) and Aslam (9*) saw the hosts comfortably across the line in the 34th over, but this game was all about Ben’s superb knock.